From the shots I've seen with the battery door open it looks like the door is on a removable hinge. Nikon may produce a grip in the future, but it probably won't have a shutter release, unless it's IR or somthing. You never know! Can someone confirm that the door is removable?
Check This Out, Certianlly looks removable to me
#1. "RE: Possible Grip" | In response to Reply # 0Covey22 Charter MemberTue 03-Feb-04 04:35 PM
Hard to tell - the product and preview shots to date have the battery in the well, hence no one can get a good look at that hinge. I suspect that there is no interest by Nikon in releasing a separate battery grip. After all, one of the appeals of this entry-level body is lightness - a battery back does add weight.
#2. "RE: Possible Grip" | In response to Reply # 0vchong Basic MemberTue 03-Feb-04 09:17 PM
Whelp, I guess it's possible considering that the latch mechanism and release is all built into the battery door. Not sure how popular such a grip would be though if it did not have the vertical shutter release...
The MB16 for the F80 is popular because it allows the use of AA batteries (not really an option for the D70, I think, because the AAs would be out in no time and none of the professional cameras bother with an AA holder) and gives that extra inch of hand-hold for those of us with larger hands.
The D70's EN-EL3 should provide plenty of power and it's already about an inch (maybe a bit less?) taller than the F80, so hopefully it'll fit nicely in the hand without a dangling pinky finger.
#3. "RE: Possible Grip" | In response to Reply # 0gavinjung Registered since 04th Apr 2002Tue 03-Feb-04 09:39 PM
well, if you ask me, it's really hard to speculate about the grip based on whether or not the door is removeable. put it this way, i think the door *has* to be removeable because there had to be some convenient way of putting it on in the first place . i don't think there'd be any manufacturing/assembly method easier than a snap fit. so it's hard to tell based on that. anyways, as somebody already pointed out, if you're assumptions about the grip not having a shutter release is correct, there's little reason to have an accessory grip at all on the D70. i figure the provided rechargeable li-ion batteries should be good. and the extra inch or so on the bottom should be 'grip' enough. but still, you never know.
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#4. "RE: Possible Grip" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberWed 04-Feb-04 12:13 AM
The battery door doesn't have to be removable to work with a grip. In fact, on my wife's Minolta A1 the door is just slid into a cavity so you don't have to remove it (and potentially damage or lose it). If there's a battery grip for a camera like the A1, there's certainly interest in one for the D70. I'll bet that a grip shows up but only after the D100 inventories are sold and its replacment is on the way. There are no contacts for a vertical release, so a grip would be (let's be honest) cosmetic for many people but might provide AA cell capability as an option (the A1's grip can use 1 or 2 lithium ion cells or a set of 4 AA cells and it offers a vertical shutter release - all for about $100).
#5. "RE: Possible Grip" | In response to Reply # 4Alex_86 Registered since 19th Aug 2003Wed 04-Feb-04 02:04 AM
Didn’t the F75 have a grip? I would like to assume that if the F75 has one then its digital predecessor the D70 would to.
I sure hope they have one for it even if there is no shutter release on it.
#6. "RE: Possible Grip" | In response to Reply # 5XAHTEP Registered since 31st Mar 2003Mon 16-Feb-04 03:02 AM
I did a very low-tech thing and actually measured my N80 for a size comparison with the D70. The height of the D70, from tripod mount to hot shoe, is 4.4". The height of the N80 is about 3.8-3.9" without the MB16 grip and 5.2" with it.
So to match the height spec of my N80, the accessory grip would be only about 3/4".
The wildcard here is the thickness and heft of the D70. It's significantly thicker front to back than the N80. According to the specs on DPReview, the difference is about 3/4". I have to imagine that this will make up for some of the loss in height.
That said, though, I have to bet that I'm in the top 1% as far as hand size (wear a size 22 ring before you pop off), and the N80 WITH MB16 still feels small. I'd buy a feature-free accessory grip if offered, and I'm considering having something machined if it's not.
I can't quite justify the wait and the extra $2k or so to get a D2X.
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#7. "RE: Possible Grip" | In response to Reply # 0
They did not know if the door was removable, but there are no electrical contacts in the battery compartment. The word from Nikon is, "A battery grip is a possibility, but not likely. A remote shutter release would have to be used."
It's easy to say that it's not hard to make an infrared remote release based battery grip, it just may not be in Nikon's future plans for this camera.
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#8. "RE: Possible Grip" | In response to Reply # 7Covey22 Charter MemberTue 17-Feb-04 02:00 PM
The N75's MB-18 managed to shoehorn in a shutter release only based on the addition of two electrical contact prongs on the side of the cone that went into the cavity where the CR2s would reside. Electrical power from the AA batteries was enabled by a large "node" at the top of the cone that went into the well and mated with the positive charge contact inside the battery well - just like the N80's MB-16. This pretty much meant that if there was ever to be an MB-16 with a shutter release, all N/F80's existing would have to be sent in for modifications. The contacts on the MB-D100 are considerably more complex and there's a second set of contacts at the other end of the grip, presumably to accomodate the PC synch and voice-recording functions. Usually Nikon would announce such accessories well in advance or re-use/re-engineer the camera to accept existing items (note the new 8700's compatibility with the MB-5700). If there is sufficient demand, I could see a grip for the D70 being rolled out. It's worth noting though, that such a product would require significant engineering and development effort - the sales of the grip (not necessarily driven by the camera), would have justify such a cost.
#9. "Remote Control" | In response to Reply # 0
Our local Nikon sales rep stopped by a couple days ago with a D70. While I didn't check if the battery door comes off, I did confirm that are are no internal contacts except for the battery.
I am 'planning' to come up with a remote shutter release modification for the D70... add a connector to allow control over the half-press and full-press functions. I've no idea however when I'll have something available.
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